A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

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A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Sintra is an easy day trip from and neighboring towns like Cascais. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with castles, palaces, and beautiful views of the surrounding area. I’ve visited the region twice now and still have the urge to go back and explore. If you’re planning a trip to Portugal, visiting Sintra is a must! Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit to Sintra…

Left to right from top: Rossio Train Station in Lisbon , a lookout at Pena Palace, the interior detail of Montserrate Palace, the grounds of Quinta Da Regaleira.

Getting around – Regardless of how you get to Sintra, you will be doing a lot of walking there. Make sure to wear shoes that are comfortable.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Weather – it’s often unpredictable. Sometimes it’s hot and sunny, and moments later the fog will roll in and the temperature will drop. I’ve been twice and both times this has happened . Bring sunscreen, water, and a sweater before leaving — even if it’s hot in Lisbon.

Logistics – visiting three castles is realistic if you leave in the morning and stay until the late afternoon, with a break for lunch. If you want to maximize your time , get in early and bring a picnic lunch with you.

Tickets – you can or at the entrance of each castle. Note that if you’re visiting multiple castles, you can usually purchase a discounted package at the ticket booths.

> My 3 favorite photogenic castles: , , and .

If you’re traveling from Lisbon, I recommend taking the train. It’s a quick journey and costs €2.25 for a one-way ticket. You’ll depart from in Lisbon, and you can buy your tickets there from the ticket counter or an automated machine. The train runs every 30 minutes but you can also check for all train times. If you prefer to drive, know that you will be taking narrow mountain roads. Parking is a bit far from the castles .

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

There are two buses that run different loops to the castles in Sintra. I recommend deciding which castles you plan on seeing the day before your visit. You can buy the corresponding bus tickets the day you arrive, either on the bus or at the train station.

The buses run approximately every 15 minutes in summer and every 20 minutes in winter. Note that they tend to get busy in summer! You can alternatively walk or take a tuk tuk . Here’s the breakdown of each bus route:

is the most colorful and well-recognized castle of the group. It’s an example of 19th century Romanticism architecture, and its real attraction is the colorful towers and façades which overlook Sintra. A must-see during any Sintra trip.

Go for: the colorful façades and ornate rooms.

One of the many colorful towers at Pena Palace.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Fog rolling in over Pena Palace.

The is most known for its incredible gardens, which were designed to mimic secret orders and initiation ceremonies. Here you’ll find hidden tunnels, towers, and passageways. Many of them reference the Knights Templar and ancient Greek symbolism. Easily my favorite stop in Sintra!

Go for: the gardens, which include old passageways and the famous initiation well . Tickets €6 in person.

One of Quinta Da Regaleira’s walking paths.

The initiation well at Quinta Da Regaleira.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Often overlooked, is one of the more unique palaces in the region. It blends a series of gothic, arabic, and indian architecture together — though it was commissioned by an Englishman! I loved the views of the rolling hills from this castle, and the intricate designs along the interior and exterior. In general, it’s smaller and less crowded than the other castles.

Go for: peaceful gardens, rolling hills, and a palace that seems to belong in Morocco or India.

Montserrate Palace looking out into the hills.

The moroccan-inspired facade of Montserrate Palace.

The is perched atop one of the highest hills in the area. It dates back to the 9th century, so unlike the other castles in Sintra, it has deteriorated and left in ruins. You can walk along the crumbling walls and also grab the best views over Sintra from here.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Go for: incredible old castle ruins and views of the region.

The is the most accessible as it’s located in the old town center. The history states that Portugal’s ruling nobility lived here from the 15th to 19th century.

Go for: old palacial rooms, including an old chapel and small garden.

was originally built in the 18th century, and is now open to the public by day — and by night! For a true experience, you can in this palace-turned-five-star-hotel, which is conveniently located across the street from Quinta de Regaleira. Definitely on my bucket list. .

Go for: the beautiful gardens and elegant interior, plus a once-in-a-lifetime overnight stay.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

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Is it complicated to take the photo inside the initiation well at Quinta Da Regaleira, like you did? I dont see many photos taken there and this is a beautifull spot so I imagine there must be some inconveniences?

That’s a great question! I actually found the hardest part to be the reflection at the bottom of the well, since it’s always wet being so far below ground. We went here in the morning so there were less crowds and tour buses. I was able to take photos no problem since there were so many gaps between people. I imagine that is not the case in the afternoon since it gets crowded.

Unless I’m mistaken, most people tend to head to Pena Palace first as it’s the most famous – so if you want to be here when it’s quiet, I’d suggest going first thing in the morning!

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A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Sintra is an easy day trip from and neighboring towns like Cascais. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with castles, palaces, and beautiful views of the surrounding area. I’ve visited the region twice now and still have the urge to go back and explore. If you’re planning a trip to Portugal, visiting Sintra is a must! Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit to Sintra…

Left to right from top: Rossio Train Station in Lisbon , a lookout at Pena Palace, the interior detail of Montserrate Palace, the grounds of Quinta Da Regaleira.

Getting around – Regardless of how you get to Sintra, you will be doing a lot of walking there. Make sure to wear shoes that are comfortable.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Weather – it’s often unpredictable. Sometimes it’s hot and sunny, and moments later the fog will roll in and the temperature will drop. I’ve been twice and both times this has happened . Bring sunscreen, water, and a sweater before leaving — even if it’s hot in Lisbon.

Logistics – visiting three castles is realistic if you leave in the morning and stay until the late afternoon, with a break for lunch. If you want to maximize your time , get in early and bring a picnic lunch with you.

Tickets – you can or at the entrance of each castle. Note that if you’re visiting multiple castles, you can usually purchase a discounted package at the ticket booths.

> My 3 favorite photogenic castles: , , and .

If you’re traveling from Lisbon, I recommend taking the train. It’s a quick journey and costs €2.25 for a one-way ticket. You’ll depart from in Lisbon, and you can buy your tickets there from the ticket counter or an automated machine. The train runs every 30 minutes but you can also check for all train times. If you prefer to drive, know that you will be taking narrow mountain roads. Parking is a bit far from the castles .

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

There are two buses that run different loops to the castles in Sintra. I recommend deciding which castles you plan on seeing the day before your visit. You can buy the corresponding bus tickets the day you arrive, either on the bus or at the train station.

The buses run approximately every 15 minutes in summer and every 20 minutes in winter. Note that they tend to get busy in summer! You can alternatively walk or take a tuk tuk . Here’s the breakdown of each bus route:

is the most colorful and well-recognized castle of the group. It’s an example of 19th century Romanticism architecture, and its real attraction is the colorful towers and façades which overlook Sintra. A must-see during any Sintra trip.

Go for: the colorful façades and ornate rooms.

One of the many colorful towers at Pena Palace.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Fog rolling in over Pena Palace.

The is most known for its incredible gardens, which were designed to mimic secret orders and initiation ceremonies. Here you’ll find hidden tunnels, towers, and passageways. Many of them reference the Knights Templar and ancient Greek symbolism. Easily my favorite stop in Sintra!

Go for: the gardens, which include old passageways and the famous initiation well . Tickets €6 in person.

One of Quinta Da Regaleira’s walking paths.

The initiation well at Quinta Da Regaleira.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Often overlooked, is one of the more unique palaces in the region. It blends a series of gothic, arabic, and indian architecture together — though it was commissioned by an Englishman! I loved the views of the rolling hills from this castle, and the intricate designs along the interior and exterior. In general, it’s smaller and less crowded than the other castles.

Go for: peaceful gardens, rolling hills, and a palace that seems to belong in Morocco or India.

Montserrate Palace looking out into the hills.

The moroccan-inspired facade of Montserrate Palace.

The is perched atop one of the highest hills in the area. It dates back to the 9th century, so unlike the other castles in Sintra, it has deteriorated and left in ruins. You can walk along the crumbling walls and also grab the best views over Sintra from here.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Go for: incredible old castle ruins and views of the region.

The is the most accessible as it’s located in the old town center. The history states that Portugal’s ruling nobility lived here from the 15th to 19th century.

Go for: old palacial rooms, including an old chapel and small garden.

was originally built in the 18th century, and is now open to the public by day — and by night! For a true experience, you can in this palace-turned-five-star-hotel, which is conveniently located across the street from Quinta de Regaleira. Definitely on my bucket list. .

Go for: the beautiful gardens and elegant interior, plus a once-in-a-lifetime overnight stay.

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Don’t miss our if you’re planning a trip to Portugal. To maximize a visit to the castles, consider

A Weekend Guide to Lisbon, Portugal] A Guide To Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany] A Guide To Visiting Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands]

Thanks on your marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will

make sure to bookmark your blog and will come back later on. I want to encourage yourself to

continue your great job, have a nice day!

A Guide To Visiting Sintra Castles in Portugal

Thanks TukTuk! Glad it was useful to you. xx

What’s up, its nice paragraph about media print, we all be aware of media is a great

Is it complicated to take the photo inside the initiation well at Quinta Da Regaleira, like you did? I dont see many photos taken there and this is a beautifull spot so I imagine there must be some inconveniences?

That’s a great question! I actually found the hardest part to be the reflection at the bottom of the well, since it’s always wet being so far below ground. We went here in the morning so there were less crowds and tour buses. I was able to take photos no problem since there were so many gaps between people. I imagine that is not the case in the afternoon since it gets crowded.

Unless I’m mistaken, most people tend to head to Pena Palace first as it’s the most famous – so if you want to be here when it’s quiet, I’d suggest going first thing in the morning!

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